I was invited to spend Christmas with friends this year and it was wonderful. I enjoyed taking a break from cooking and it was nice to be away from home for a few days. It was also terrific to spend time with my friends. However there was a bit of indulgence involved, especially with a trip to Bourke Street Bakery, along with all the other associated Christmas goodies. So I feel the need to have a few lighter meals for a while. This does not include the feast that I am making tomorrow for New Year's Eve, although I am mainly doing that for the leftovers that I can have for lunches.
I started my lighter meals last night with this lamb recipe over on Taste but I didn't really follow the recipe so will post what I did instead. It was very good, although I think that my dukkah is starting to get some age on it and therefore lose a bit of its flavour so I think I will probably toss it and make up a new lot. The couscous was very good although I think I could have made it a bit healthier if I had used quinoa instead of the pearl couscous. You really could add any salad veg that you wanted to.
Dukkah-Crusted Lamb with Pearl Couscous Salad
4 Lamb loin chops
Pistachio dukkah (made with pistachios instead of almonds)
1/3 c pearl couscous
1/2 punnet cherry tomatoes, halved or quartered if large
1/4 continental cucumber, pealed, quartered and sliced
1/4 red onion sliced
1/2 avocado diced
2 slices of feta cheese, diced
Handful mint leaves, chopped
Raspberry vinegar (I bought this ages ago, it is so good and well worth it)
salad leaves to serve
Drizzle lamb with oil and sprinkle with dukkah giving it a good rub. Set aside while making salad.
Cook pearl couscous in some vegetable stock following packet directions, rinse in cool water and drain well. Combine couscous, tomatoes, cucumber, onion, avocado, feta and mint, drizzle with a small amount of raspberry vinegar and mix to combine. Refrigerate until serving.
Heat pan over medium-high heat and add a small about of grapeseed oil to pan. Cook chops for a few minutes each side or until cooked to your liking. Remove and drain on paper towel and trim fat from lamb.
Serve with salad leaves and couscous salad with an extra drizzle of vinegar.